How do I cut sheet brass? Which saw is the right one? Is a cutter even enough? And what do I do if a cut goes wrong? Surely there are some questions running through your mind when you plan to use a brass sheet cutter.
Our first tip is simple: take a breath! Take your time and think about whether you have the time and inclination to familiarise yourself with the material. In our tools category you will find numerous tools that will support you in your endeavour. Alternatively, we have another relaxed option ready for you: our cutting service!
The procedure is simple. You order your brass cut online in our shop and receive an all-round carefree package. We decide which tool is best suited to cut the sheet to your individual desired size and get to work. As soon as the brass sheet is delivered to your home, you can start directly with the realisation of your idea. You can find the exact conditions on our individualization page.
Brass is a versatile material. You can find it in instrument, vehicle and ship building, in the watch industry and in lighting technology. In addition, you can work with it yourself.
Start with your own project and get to know the material in the form of a brass sheet blank. How about bending a decorative postcard or photo stand? You can also make your metalworking debut by making a bowl or tray or designing a candlestick. Add value to furniture with brass trim, use the blank as a splashback in the kitchen or bathroom. Make jewellery and art according to your own ideas. The warm shine and the stylish patina of a brass sheet cut will impress in any case.
Important: No matter what you intend to do with your cut, please note that our brass sheets are only equipped with a protective film on one side. Due to processing and transport, the material may arrive with scratches on the other side.
Brass sheets score points as versatile and easily workable materials. They have a certain hardness and can nevertheless be easily formed. Their corrosion resistance allows them to be used outdoors without further ado. Over time, the material develops a matt oxidation layer or green patina. Otherwise, however, it is insensitive to wind and weather. In addition, a sheet of brass conducts both heat and electricity and is distinctly hygienic: thanks to its bactericidal properties, the metal counteracts germs on its surface.
Last but not least, the golden colouring makes a brass sheet blank an extremely attractive material. If you want to realise decorative projects or design jewellery, brass is an ideal choice.
Good to know: Brass sheets are sustainable. They can be recycled as often as desired without any loss of quality. In contrast to production from primary raw materials, the energy consumption of reprocessing is significantly lower. A high recycling rate is therefore hardly surprising.
Would you like to know more about what our brass sheet blanks are made of? Voila! Brass is an alloy that has been known for centuries and consists of copper and zinc. Its composition varies depending on its intended use. Typically, the copper content is at least 50%, while the zinc content usually has a value between 5 and 45%. Although the melting points of these two substances are far apart at 1085 °C and 419.5 °C, the two metals form a homogeneous mixture. In principle, the following can be stated: The higher the zinc content of an alloy, the lower its melting point and the more yellow its colour. A plus of copper, on the other hand, gives brass or brass sheet blanks a reddish hue and ensures that higher temperatures are necessary to liquefy it.
To increase corrosion resistance or machinability, the brass blank can additionally contain lead, aluminium, iron, silicon, nickel or manganese. The possibilities to create alloys for every special demand are almost unlimited. Practically, however, there are only 60 different types of brass in use.
For your brass sheet cut from Modulor, it is important to note that unfortunately we cannot give exact details of the alloys in our online shop, as they vary. If it is crucial for your project to get a certain quality, please contact us before ordering.
You can form brass blanks by bending, stamping, rolling, driving or deep drawing. Brass with a zinc content of 28% is ideal for this purpose. If good machinability is your priority, sheets with a zinc content of more than 37% are recommended. Alloys with a lead content, so-called free-cutting brass, are also useful in this context.
When drilling brass, you can generally do without lubricants and oils. It is more important to choose a suitable drill and a higher speed. Safety goggles can be a sensible investment. Brass tends to produce very short chips that fly a long way. If you want to grind your brass blank, you can use fine sandpaper. Polishing paste and a cloth are suitable for bringing out the shine of the brass blank.
With epoxy resin-based reactive adhesives, you can bond brass sheets to each other or to other materials such as wood and plastic. Roughen the surfaces to be bonded with an abrasive fleece beforehand to remove the oxide layer or any corrosion protection agents that have been applied. The same step is recommended if you want to solder sheet metal.
A brass sheet blank is decorative in itself, but you can also decorate it. The surface can be embossed, punched or guilloched. Like copper, you can permanently colour brass, burnish it or treat it with patinating agents to achieve an authentic vintage look. Zapon varnish is suitable for fixing the condition of the sheet and protecting the shine of the material from visible oxidation.
Brass sheet cuttings offer you numerous possibilities. The only thing to be careful about is melting the material. Inhaling zinc oxide fumes can trigger the so-called casting fever.
You want to combine different metals for your project? You should consider the following when planning your project: Depending on the inherent electrical potential, the presence of an electrolytic conductor and a different corrosion resistance of the materials, an electrochemical reaction can occur. As a result, one of the two metals begins to corrode.
To avoid this contact corrosion, it can be useful to